Hiroshima Marks 5th Anniversary of Deadly Landslides

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Hiroshima, Aug. 20 (Jiji Press)--The western Japan city of Hiroshima on Tuesday marked the fifth anniversary of massive landslides caused by heavy rains that killed 77 people.

Bereaved relatives and officials from the prefectural and municipal governments of Hiroshima offered silent prayers for the victims at a memorial service held in the city's Asaminami Ward, one of the areas hit hardest by the disaster.

The ceremony was hosted by a local association working to reduce disaster damage. "We'll step up efforts to hand down lessons from the disaster and promote disaster education," Tatsuyuki Sugahara, the 72-year-old head of the association, said.

"All local residents will work together to achieve reconstruction to make our communities places where we can live safely," he added.

A heavy rain warning was issued for the city shortly before 8 a.m. (11 p.m. Monday GMT) on Tuesday. "The rain warning can be taken as a divine message for us not to forget the disaster," Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said at the ceremony.

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